ANNA MARIA ISLAND SUNSETS & THE BEST RESTAURANTS TO WATCH THEM

Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Day length: 13 hours, 33 minutes
Anna Maria Island Sunset time 8:24:26 pm
Anna Maria Island is known for its beaches, restaurants and breathtaking sunsets. With beach accesses all along the west coast of this seven mile Island, you can choose to watch the sunset from just about anywhere.
If you want to enjoy dinner while watching the sunset here are our favourite restaurants offering the best views:
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Beach House — 200 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach — the Beach House Restaurant is about a three minute walk from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217, right on the water’s edge with spectacular Gulf of Mexico views. There’s indoor seating, but we always opt to sit outdoors to maximize the sunset view. It’s casual dining under palm trees on the beach at its best. A full bar is available with happy hour from 3 – 6 Monday – Friday. Their tropical drinks mix well the beautiful tropical atmosphere. The menu offers a selection of Florida fine dining. The Beach House is a great place to relax, enjoy good food and celebrate the view.
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Gulf Drive Cafe/Kokonut Tiki Hut — 900 Gulf Dive North, Bradenton Beach — Amazing ambiance on the beach at sunset. If you are looking for a place you can walk to by way of the beach and see the sunset this is it! You can seat yourself right out in the beach as the sun is setting while enjoying the delicious food.
While both offer great sunsets and casual dining the Kokonut Hut offers a simpler Tiki Bar atmosphere with drinks/food that match. Here you can sit back, relax while listening to nightly live music and enjoying the magnificent Island views.
 
Moose Lodge —110 Gulf Drive South, Bradenton Beach —This is a members only lodge on Bradenton Beach. A recently renovated facility right on the beautiful white sand beach.
The dining area has a large wall of glass windows look out at the Gulf of Mexico. There is outdoor seating and the beach is only a few steps away. The rooftop deck is an amazing spot to watch the sunset.
You will find fantastic prices, lots of food and beverage options plus awesome daily specials. (Note: this is a cash only establishment)
You can drop in to inquire about membership. Or, if planning ahead you can go online to apply for a membership. 
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Rod & Reel Pier — 875 N Shore Drive, Anna Maria — Located on the North end of Anna Maria Island on the Tampa Bay side with a perfect view of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. The Rod and Reel is a small, quaint restaurant that sits out on the end of a pier. I think it can be best described as, a quaint Floridian restaurant with a salty personality.
Due to its popularity you might have to wait for a table, but the wait is worth it. As you wait, relax and enjoy Island time. The food here is great and the sunsets do not get any better.
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Sandbar — 100 Spring Avenue, Anna Maria — There is nothing better than enjoying your favorite refreshing cocktail as you look out at the pristine beach with the sunset as your backdrop. With an extensive menu, serving fresh seafood to mouth-watering desserts, The Sandbar offers a fantastic atmosphere for your special evening. Located on the northwest side of the Island, directly on the Gulf of Mexico, the restaurant features dining either indoors or on an outdoor deck with some of the tables perched directly on the sand. Of course, for the best view of the sunset, an outdoor table is recommended. Come sunset time this is the spot where all eyes are on the horizon as diners and staff wait in anticipation for the ritual of the ringing of the bell. The second the sun sets the bell rings followed with a loud applause. A fantastic place!
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We know the sun sets every single day, but how often do we have the opportunity or take the opportunity to watch it. When we are on vacation and free from daily obligations we usually make time for sunsets.
A sunset offers something special…you can’t buy one, we can’t fit one into our busy schedule and we can’t enjoy one in the comfort of our homes. Watching the sunset is an experience, a gift we give ourselves. It has the force to make us stop, appreciate our surroundings and enjoy watching the literal passing of time as the sun sinks below the horizon. It only takes about three minutes for the sun to disappear after it touches the horizon, but the image will remain forever.
Book your next vacation with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals and give yourself the gift of an Anna Maria Island sunset.
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